BMW has been warning us since years about its desire to produce and sell an electric city scooter. On Wednesday, the German automaker announced that its Motorrad division will put the striking BMW CE 04 into production, with decent range and speed on offer as well as plenty of futuristic vibes.
Although the CE 04 was initially introduced as a concept scooter in November 2020 by BMW, it was essentially a reimagining a BMW concept that BMW had presented in 2017. The striking thing about Wednesday’s images from BMW is the way the production version looks. The CE 04’s bold design is not being diluted to appeal to a wider audience. Instead, bright orange accents along with sharp, angular lines make the CE 04 look as if it belongs in anime.
This framing helps contextualize the limited 81-mile range, which is made possible by a lithe 8.9kWh battery (built on the same cells that power the new iX SUV). While this is not as impressive as the three-digit range of modern four-wheel-electric vehicles, it is sufficient to cover short daily trips with a scooter such the CE 04. Regenerative braking is a great option to re-charge the battery’s energy by reducing braking when driving in cities.
The CE 04 sounds fun, regardless of how long the battery lasts. BMW claims the CE 04 has a maximum power output of 31kW (42 horses) and a speed of 120 km/h (roughly 75mph). Automatic stability control, dynamic traction control, and an anti-lock braking system — technologies that BMW has been iterating on for a while now, with the company going so far as developing a prototype self-driving motorcycle — are all available to help riders keep that quickness in check. The handlebars will have a 10.25-inch TFT display that offers onboard navigation and smartphone connectivity. BMW claims that the bike will feature actively ventilated cell phone charging compartment with USB–C charging port” and a “[a]ctively ventilated motorcycle navigation system.”
Estelia is a financial analyst who has been covering the finance industry since 2018. Prior to her career in journalism, Estelia was a security analyst and a copywriter at AS Technology.